COVID-19 has made education more accessible for university students with mobility disabilities

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a struggle for Alicia-Ann Pauld, who has muscular dystrophy, to get to Concordia University’s campus in downtown Montreal, especially during the winter.

“If I fall, I can very seriously injure myself and I can’t get back [up] on my own,” said Pauld. “I’ve been in situations in the past where there’s a snowstorm the day of an exam and I have to go outside and literally put my life in danger.”

She recalled an incident last year, when she fell on the ice on the way to one of her exams. “I injured myself a lot and I had to wait for someone to pick me up — a stranger.”